[NAFEX] Pear tree size and crop
aleguy33 at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 4 15:47:33 EDT 2009
Placing the trees closer together will most likely decrease yield and spread somewhat. More importantly it will decrease airflow and possibly increase disease.
From: Kathryn Mathews <kathmath at charterinternet.com>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 4, 2009 8:02:25 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pear tree size and crop
afraid I don't have any answers, just one more question. I've got a
Luscious pear tree on order as a companion for one already in the ground.
I'm also concerned about the trees getting too big and was wondering if spacing
them closer together (how close?) would decrease size/yield. And is this a
Southern MN Zone 4
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From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Caren Kirk
Sent: 04/04/2009 6:58 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] Pear tree size and crop
A while back, Claude made some excellent suggestions for pears for my zone. I am now considering getting 2 trees, however space always being tight in my overcrowded yard I would like them to not be too big.
As I am looking for good keepers I was thinking Luscious. However on the internet I have found sites stating it can grow up to 15m(45ft) with a 10m(30ft) spread, and others stating that it grows to 5m(15ft) by 4m(12ft).
I have read that Northbrite is a small tree (but have not found any dimensions), so I've been considering that.
Claude warned me about the size of crops, I can't visualize whether 2 trees would give me far too may pears to keep through the winter for my family. If one tree would be more than enough I could go with grafting different varieties on to a smaller tree as Claude suggested (this is hypothetical as I have no grafting experience).
If anyone can clarify the sizes of the trees and the typical yield I would be grateful.
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